M/V Akademik Shokalskiy along with Spirit of Enderby is one of just two remaining 50 passenger Russian Research ships-the smallest of the ice-strengthened polar ships in operation. In Aqua-Firma’s pioneering days of polar travel our experiences of guiding and exploring Antarctica and the Arctic were forged on these compact, functional and friendly expedition vessels.
The focus of all voyages aboard Akademik Shokalskiy is to make as many onshore landings as possible. Experienced naturalists and on board guides will share their knowledge and ignite your passion for the Polar Regions through informative lectures and escorted landings.
Originally designed and built in Finland for polar and oceanographic research in 1984, Shokalskiy is capable of reaching the nooks and crannies that many larger ships cannot. She is equipped with a small fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, facilitating onshore landings and deeper exploration of polar landscapes and its wildlife.
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10 knots cruising speed
Russian Register KM Ice Class (1A)
Staff & Crew:
Main Deck Triple Cabins (shared bathroom)
Main Deck Twin Cabins (shared bathroom)
Two dining rooms with unreserved seating serve buffet-style breakfast with table service; table-service lunch and dinner with main course choices, all from a daily changing menu. Cakes are served mid-afternoon, while coffee and tea is available 24 hours a day from a self-serve station.
Other public areas include a lounge bar, which is open from late afternoon/evening, serving a wide selection of wines and spirits. The presentation room is ideal for evening talks and group discussions. There is also a well stocked library, providing a collection of polar themed books, sauna and medical office.